Genetically modified seeds unleash bad times for farmers

October 1, 2015 0 Comments

Sep 30 2015 Jotirmay Thapliyal Dehradun

Genetically engineered seeds, use of chemical-based fertilisers and pesticides and climate change are taking a toll on farmers.

Panduranga Hedge, a farmer from Karnataka, said 500 farmers had committed suicide in Karnataka in the past six months. He said most of these suicides had been due to farmers taking to cash crops and getting lesser returns. Hedge said not even one farmer who was into organic farming had committed suicide so far, thus revealing the better returns involved in organic farming.